How do employers cope with an ageing workforce? Views from employers and employees

H.P. van Dalen, K. Henkens, J.J. Schippers

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Abstract

How age-conscious are human resource policies? Using a survey of Dutch employers, we examine how employers deal with the prospect of an ageing work force. We supplement our analysis with an additional survey of Dutch employees to compare human resource policies to practices. Results show that a small minority of employers are taking measures to enhance productivity (training programmes) or bring productivity in line with pay (demotion). Personnel policies tend to ‘spare’ older workers: giving them extra leave, early retirement, or generous employment protection: older workers who perform poorly are allowed to stay, whereas younger workers under similar conditions are dismissed.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1015-1036
JournalDemographic Research
Volume22
Issue number32
Publication statusPublished - 2010

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van Dalen, H.P. ; Henkens, K. ; Schippers, J.J. / How do employers cope with an ageing workforce? Views from employers and employees. In: Demographic Research. 2010 ; Vol. 22, No. 32. pp. 1015-1036.
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How do employers cope with an ageing workforce? Views from employers and employees. / van Dalen, H.P.; Henkens, K.; Schippers, J.J.

In: Demographic Research, Vol. 22, No. 32, 2010, p. 1015-1036.

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